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Ian & Sylvia

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One of the most popular acts of the early-'60s folk revival, Canadian duo Ian Tyson (b. 1933) and Sylvia Tyson (b. 1940) made several fine albums that spotlighted their stirring harmonies on a mixture of traditional and contemporary material. While these recordings can seem a tad earnest and dated today, they were overlooked influences upon early folk-rockers such as the Jefferson Airplane, the We Five, the Mamas and the Papas, and Fairport Convention, all of whom utilized similar blends of male/female lead/harmony vocals. They were also inspirations to fellow Canadian singer/songwriters such as Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and Gordon Lightfoot. Like most acoustic folkies, after the mid-'60s they moved into folk-rock and country-rock, though the results were less impressive than their early work.

Tyson took up folk music in his 20s while convalescing from a rodeo injury, and teamed up with Sylvia Fricker after moving to Toronto in the late '50s. In 1960, they moved to New York, where they were signed by Albert Grossman, famous for managing Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul, and Mary. Their self-titled debut (1962) began a successful series of recordings for Vanguard, on which they helped expand the range of folk by adding bass (sometimes played by Spike Lee's father Bill) and mandolin to Ian's guitar and Sylvia's autoharp. Just as crucially, they ranged far afield for their repertoire, which encompassed not just traditional folk ballads, but bluegrass, country, spirituals, blues, hillbilly, gospel, and French-Canadian songs.

Ian & Sylvia were among the first to cover songs by Dylan, Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, and Phil Ochs, and also began writing material of their own. Although original compositions were never at the forefront of their early LPs, a couple of them would become very influential indeed. Ian's "Four Strong Winds" would be covered by the Searchers and (in the '70s) Neil Young, and Sylvia's "You Were on My Mind," given a far poppier treatment by the We Five, became one of the first big folk-rock hits.

By 1966, Ian & Sylvia had started to rely primarily on original material, and begun to use electric instruments. While some of these tracks were outstanding, generally their folk-rock lacked the focus and consistency of their acoustic recordings. In the late '60s, they would take stabs at country-rock and straight country music, even hooking up with young producer Todd Rundgren for the 1970 album Great Speckled Bird. The quality of their records, and the size of their audience, declined steadily after they ended their association with Vanguard in 1967. In the '70s, they split up, professionally and personally (they had married in 1964). Both have since pursued solo careers: Ian's was far more successful, as he moved into country music, recording albums of songs with cowboy and rodeo themes that received much popular and critical acclaim in Canada.

Title: Lets Have A Drink

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Expensive Bling

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Delicately Built

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Gaudy Colours

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Top Mega Hits

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Imposingly

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Super Top Hits

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: At High Altitude

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Happy Sounds

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Confectioner's

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Santas Favorite Hits

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Living For The Moment

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Cloud Covered

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Noble Blue

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: As Light As Straw

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Freedom Loving

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Like A Swan

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Palm Beach

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Hits To The Top

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Surround With Friends

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Navigator

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Piano

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Bird Of Prey

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Pansies

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Sheet Music

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Rooftop Storys

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Christmas Cards

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: In The Wild West

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Get Faster

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: A Bouquet Of Hits

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Black Or White

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Blowball

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: That Sounds Good

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Take A Stroll

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Between

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Christmas Greeting

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Ultimate Top Hits

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Super Bright Hits

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Secret Meeting

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Go Riding

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Up And Down

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Mysterious Stories

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Follow Me

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Turn On The Knobs

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Quiescent Point

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Our Starlet

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Hunting For Good

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: City Or Country

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Christmas For All

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Colorful Garden

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Mystic Moments

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Title: Fabulous Hits

Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Genre: Pop

Collections

Title: Timeless Roots

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Title: Coffee House Classics

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Title: Country Truckin'

Genre: Country

Title: Greatest Folk Duets

Genre: Folk

Title: 20 Folk Hits

Genre: Folk

Title: This is Bluegrass

Genre: Folk

Title: American Duets

Genre: Country

Title: Roots - Unplugged

Genre: Folk

Title: Gospel: Country

Genre: Gospel

Title: Coffeehouse Divas

Genre: Folk

Title: Oh What A Feeling

Genre: Rock, Pop

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